Ken Tudor - Monday, October 17, 2016
Recently, I have seen a dramatic increase in dogs experiencing a sudden onset of explosive, bloody, mucoid diarrhea. The dogs do not act
like they are seriously ill but they eat less and have less energy. Some of the dogs require veterinary care. Many just need a change in diet. So what
is the best diet for any dog with diarrhea, hospitalized or not?
Ken Tudor - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
All of the sudden your dog starts drinking a lot of water. He needs to go out more frequently to urinate. You also notice that the urine is clearer
and less yellow than it used to be. After blood and urine tests your vet tells you your dog’s kidneys are failing and will need a special low protein
diet for the rest of its life. You leave the vets office with so many unanswered questions. What is kidney disease? What caused it? Why my dog?
What do these treatments do? Why does my dog need a special food? What if my dog won’t eat the food, then what? You need answers. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 15, 2015
Your neighbor tells you her dog has had long episodes of vomiting and diarrhea for the last two years. She is convinced that it is some sort of reaction
to the ingredients in the food. She just hasn’t found the right food that will stop the symptoms and recover the lost weight. You tell her that
those symptoms may be a sign of something more serious and she should take her dog to the vet. Instead she says she is going to the pet store and find out which food the 18-year old dog food expert behind the counter recommends for her sick dog. You’re right. This dog needs a trip to
the vet, not the pet store. The dog could be suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. With proper treatment and diet, her dog could enjoy
a quality, symptom free, longer life.
Ken Tudor - Friday, December 26, 2014
Early in my veterinary career I had to perform emergency surgery on a dog to remove pieces of a Jacuzzi control box, complete with wiring, from the intestine of a young Siberian husky. The wires and metal fragments he had eaten had been in the intestines long enough to cause infection throughout the intestines. A large area was dead so I had to remove a long segment of the small and large intestines. After he recovered, he was unable to form normal stool and often had uncontrollable diarrhea when fed normal dog food. His shortened bowel did not allow thorough digestion and absorption of his food. His short bowel syndrome (SBS) needed to be controlled. But how?
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
You look at your dog’s x-ray with the vet and she says it looks like there is
a calcium oxalate stone in the bladder. She recommends surgery to remove the stone
and lab analysis to positively identify it. Sure enough, it turns out to be a calcium
oxalate stone. Your heart sinks when the vet tells you that these stones have a
high chance of recurrence even with the available diets for managing the problem.
Your vet may not know that there is a diet with better success.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, November 06, 2014
Your dog started vomiting during the night. You have heard or read that you should withhold food for 24 hours and see how he does. That way whatever he got into can clear the intestines. Or should you continue to let her eat even though she may not hold it all down? Or what do you do if she doesn’t want to eat?
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Certain supplements have proven to help dogs under treatment for cancer. Special fatty acids and amino acids plus antioxidants aid in various periods during chemo and radiation therapy and slow cancer recurrence.